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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Escanaba City Councilman Ralph Blasier says a crime may be at the heart of an investigation involving money in the city’s dealing with Proxima Management Group but, he says, he is not ready to make an accusation.

 

 

Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

The Gladstone School Board extended a quarantine waiver program for another month for those students in contact with someone with COVID-19 but do not test positive for the virus. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says about 70 percent of students quarantined attended classes under the waiver program who would have otherwise stayed home.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Delta County Commissioner John Malnar says he believes a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac will be built to house Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline and other utilities. Malnar attended the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority meeting last week in St. Ignace. He says he is impressed with the plans to build a tunnel beneath the Straits.

 

 

Newscast Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

As COVID-19 cases increased at area schools this fall, Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says each school district in the ISD handled cases and quarantines differently. No matter how the have been handling the situation, Leisenring says the process has been frustrating and exhausting.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group exceeded capacity this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, causing it to execute its emergency plan to make more room available at the hospital.

 

Dr. Bill Hook, director of medical services, says OSF has converted its ambulatory care unit to in-patient beds to handle the overflow. That means procedures normally conducted there are being postponed.

 

Although COVID-19 patients are the reason the hospital reached the tipping point this week, OSF President and CEO Dave Lord says they are seeing a lot of patients who put off treatment during the pandemic on other health issues who now need care.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Cocaine use appears to be on the rise in Delta County. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wickman says meth continues to be a problem in the area but cocaine is becoming more prevalent.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Delta County Commissioners did not take any action on a resolution that said the county would not restrict any business with mask or vaccine mandates. Instead, the county will develop a policy that says COVID-19 vaccines will not be required to work for the county.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

A bloody handprint on a wall may make news as a domestic violence case did last week in Escanaba but Erin Viau with Tri-County Safe Harbor says it is only one of many that are not reported in the news.  October is Domestic Violence Aware Month. Viau wants the community to know that domestic violence continues to be a problem.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

The health needs of the community is being determined through a survey of residents by OSF Heathcare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba. Joanna Wilbee-Amis says the Community Health Needs Assessment is conducted every three years.

 

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Newscast, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

The city of Escanaba is applying for a Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant to focus on tourism needs for the city. The grant is to help with an economic recovery affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Hantz, business development manager at C2AE, says the funding can be used for various city projects.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

Delta County’s 911 Authority is now operating independently of the city of Escanaba. Central Dispatch will continue to work from Escanaba Public Safety but Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says, as of Oct. 1, all of the employees now work for the authority.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021

Delta County Commissioners did not vote last night on a resolution that rejects mask mandates or proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Instead, they voted to refine the wording of the resolution to be considered at the next county board meeting.

 

It is being considered at a time when the community is struggling to address a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

Dave Lord told commissioners that the past weekend was the worst he has ever seen in his nine years as president and CEO of OSF Healthcare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

One of the members of the Governor’s U.P. Energy Task Force says he felt the outcome of the committee was predetermined before the group made its recommendations.

 

Mike Furmanski was the Electric Superintendent with the city of Escanaba when he served on the task force. He is now general manger of the Alger Delta Electric Cooperative.

 

He says it seemed that the Governor formed the task force with a predetermined goal, to close Line 5.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to take Chinook and coho salmon egg for replanting in the spring.

 

DNR facilities are expected to complete the process in late October for all salmon egg takes.

 

Jay Wesley, fisheries unit supervisor for the Lake Michigan basin, says salmon fishing remains spotty but has improved tremendously on  Great Lake.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

State Rep. Beau LaFave has filed to run for Secretary of State in 2022. The Iron Mountain Republican filed with the office he wants to run just after 5 p.m. last night.

 

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Newscast, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

Although Delta County’s jobless numbers improved to 4.5 percent in August, Ed Legault, executive director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance, says the number of employed, unemployed and workforce all saw declines.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021

The city of Gladstone is looking to purchase about 30 acres of land in the North Shore Development area to pair with city property. Gladstone City Commissioner Brad Mantella says the goal is to sell the property to a developer for condos or housing.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

Deer hunters in the Upper Peninsula can expect as good or better success this year over last year. Deer Biologist Chad Stewart with the Department of Natural Resources says last year was a challenging year in the U.P. for hunters. He is optimistic that this year will be better than last year.

 

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Newscast, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Portions of the Escanaba Marketplace are being designated as a picnic area in order to allow those renting the facility to serve alcohol at their events. Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Scott Czasak says they’ve had requests to be able to serve alcohol at private events at the marketplace.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Escanaba schools are working to balance their reaction to COVID-19 and the need to teach students. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says learning loss as a result of the pandemic is going to remain a problem for years to come.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

Delta County wants the city of Escanaba to take ownership of the county property included as a potential site for development on the Escanaba shoreline.

 

The agreement with Proxima Management Group to build a major hotel complex at the site of the Delta County jail was a joint venture with county and city property. The city has since ended its agreement with Proxima.

 

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says it would be best to let the city take the lead on finding a new developer.

 

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Newscast, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

School administrators in Gladstone are trying to figure out ways to lessen the impact of quarantine for close COVID-19 contacts as more students become contagious. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says they have already had more COVID-19 cases in Gladstone than the first five months of the last school year.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

The steam locomotive on display in Gladstone is getting a facelift. Engine #730 has been power washed and will be painted by apprentices with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 10-11. But first, Ron Miaso with the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority says they are going to encase the engine with netting to prevent damage that can be caused by birds.

 

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Newscast Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

An investigation is being conducted into something financial with the redevelopment of city and county property on the Escanaba waterfront that includes the former Delta County Jail.

 

The city entered into an agreement with Proxima Management Group in 2019 for an $18.3 million development centered on the construction of a major hotel on the property. The city council voted after an executive session on Sept. 2 to terminate the agreement.

 

Still unknown is why there is an investigation involving the project.

 

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Newscast Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department has issued a mask order for schools in Dickinson and Iron counties. The order requires that children in kindergarten through sixth grade and others serving those students to wear a mask covering both the nose and mouth while inside any enclosed school building.

 

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